Jean-Pierre Alaux

29 06 2014

His work is wonderful to look at. You can see the Dali influences. Still, it manages to fascinate in an original way.

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Dali

6 06 2014

When I lived in Belgium many years ago, there was an exhibition of Dali prints in Antwerp. I went to the gallery and was surprised to find that many of the prints, signed by Dali, were selling for $200 Canadian. If I’d had any money I would have bought them. But it shocked me. Was Dali desperate? I think he might have made prints or had prints made of his work and signed thousands. He was a very odd man. But interesting. He made a film with Disney which is quite interesting. He made a film with Hitchcock and clothing designs for Coco Chanel. I love his work. But he is like Nietsche in that there may be more smoke than substance to his work. Still his work has influenced generations of artists.

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Marcel Caram

6 08 2013

A Daliesque landscape. The 1950s version of the human psyche. I like the feeling of infinity in this work. And the sense of timelessness.

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Dali

7 07 2013

When I lived in Belgium many years ago, there was an exhibition of Dali prints in Antwerp. I went to the gallery and was surprised to find that many of the prints, signed by Dali, were selling for $200 Canadian. If I’d had any money I would have bought them. But it shocked me. Was Dali desperate? I think he might have made prints or had prints made of his work and signed thousands. He was a very odd man. But interesting. He made a film with Disney which is quite interesting. He made a film with Hitchcock and clothing designs for Coco Chanel. I love his work. But he is like Nietsche in that there may be more smoke than substance to his work. Still his work has influenced generations of artists and I suspect has helped recruitment for the schools of psychology.

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Philippe Halsman

3 05 2012

Halsman and Dali were great and important collaborators.

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These images have become iconic they are seen so often. Halsman collaborated with Dali on them. It is difficult to separate the two. They almost appear to have been created by photoshop but this of course was decades before PS.  Halsman also took wonderful pictures of famous people. This photo of Brando is one of my favourites.

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Dali, Disney, Floyd and Marsepan

4 02 2012

This video was created by Walt Disney and Salvador Dali. Pink Floyd have added music which I think is quite effective. It would have been interesting to be in the company of  Dali and Walt Disney when they first met. Of course Dali is the greater artist. But Disney has had the greater affect on our culture. Not just the little mouse. And the theme parks. But Disney’s homogenized renditions of history in his movies. And television shows. Walt himself was almost an icon of niceness. And of course for years Disney was the subject of speculation. Did he really have his body frozen to be melted at some future date when the causes of his death could be cured? Maybe then Mickey and Minnie will finally stop living together and get married.





Ben Goossens

4 12 2011

(Excuse me. I have fallen into a Kenneth Clark form of speaking. And I can’t get out of it.)

Goossens has three qualities that make for a terrific artist. He is a Belgian. He uses bowler hats. And he has talent. Oh, and there is a fourth. He has ideas. And their fun. Interesting. But not I think terribly original. Still, I love to look at his work. There is to my mind more Magritte in his work than Dali. He has none of Dali’s spirituality. Or showmanship. But he has Magritte’s humor and intelligence. And more than that I think.

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